On 21 September 2016 the Premier of Queensland requested the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) undertake a review of the blue card system, the approval and monitoring processes for foster carers (including kinship carers and provisionally approved carers) and pressure points in child protection service delivery.

In November 2016 the QFCC released a discussion paper seeking the public’s views on the current blue card system and what could be done to strengthen, streamline and increase community participation in and support for this system. Submissions closed on 20 January 2017.

The QFCC has reviewed legislation, policy and procedures across a range of sectors and jurisdictions to identify successful models for creating child safe organisations and undertaken extensive consultation with stakeholders across Queensland to understand their experience of the blue card system.

This paper brings together the QFCC’s initial findings and the feedback received from stakeholders and the community to identify potential options for change.

The options presented in this paper represent the broad range of feedback provided during consultation processes. Many of these could be implemented either separately or together as part of a broader reform agenda.

The QFCC is seeking your views on the identified options for reform outlined in this paper.

Make a submission

You can lodge a submission by 31 March 2017 but email or post.

Email at

Or send by post to:

Queensland Family and Child Commission
PO  Box  15217

The information you provide in response to the options paper will only be used by the QFCC for the purposes of undertaking the review of the blue card system. Submissions will be treated as public documents.

If you would like your submission, or any part of it, to be treated as confidential, please indicate this clearly in your submission.


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